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Membership

The ACFI is a non-profit Canadian organization whose objective is to promote and foster a national forum and governing body for the affiliation of professionals who offer to the public, governments and employers, their expertise in the areas of fraud prevention, detection and investigation. The Association, through a process of accreditation, review and continuing education, promotes the Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI) designation in Canada amongst its members and to the public as a symbol of the highest standard of excellence in its field.

Membership in the ACFI is open to those who demonstrate their competency through examination, experience and education and who continually strive to maintain their proficiency through continuing education and experience. Candidates who qualify through academic education and practical experience and who subsequently pass the examination are granted the right to use the CFI designation which recognizes them as a member of the ACFI. Please note this is a Canadian designation. Members must remain in good standing and are required to abide by the ACFI Standards and requirements including ongoing professional development.

Membership dues

  • Dues, currently $245 + GST/HST per annum, are payable in Canadian funds.
  • Dues are billed yearly on the anniversary date of membership.
  • Dues and application fees are subject to change at any time by the Board of Directors of the ACFI.

Member benefits

  • CFI designation – the association will confirm the designation of members in good standing.
  • You can choose to have your name, location and contact information as a CFI posted on the ACFI website.
  • Free access to the ACFI Fraud Manual from the ACFI website – a $245 value.
  • NewsFlashes and email updates of events and news.
  • Member log-in to our website and pricing for events.

 

If you have any questions or require further information regarding membership please contact us.

 

Continuing Professional Development

The Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada requires its members to, at the very least, maintain their knowledge and expertise with the goal of being able to keep pace with today's issue and technology. At best Certified Forensic Investigators should continually strive to increase their knowledge base in an effort to constantly improve the quality of their work product, and ensure that they are keeping pace with advancing technology and current and future business complexities as well as society's demand for quality and professionalism.





CFIs are required to acquire and report CPD credits, (at minimum, 20 per annum) for the previous 12 months. At least 10 of these 20 hours of CPD (See CPD types) must consist of fraud related subjects which are germane to the CFI's jurisdiction. Compliance can be achieved by either a formal programme of education or by any other means through which a CFI might reasonably be expected to maintain professional competency in the member's area of practice or employment. Members shall report compliance with such requirements to the ACFI each year and shall keep appropriate records and submit copies of such on a request made by the Association.

Members who have requested that their designation be placed on inactive status with the ACFI, and who do not hold themselves out as a CFI, are exempt from the ACFI's CPD requirement.

Basic Requirements: Applies to all CFIs, save those who are exempt (see Exception to CPD Requirements).





Verifiable CPD credits are those which are easily proven such as a receipt to a fraud conference which clearly displays the name of the organization which sponsored the conference, the conference type, topics or subjects attended and the date of the conference.

Non-verifiable CPD credits would be those where a CFI developed a seminar and then subsequently presented same. The time to develop the seminar would not be verifiable whereas the duration of the seminar would most likely be determinable.

Qualifying Programmes

Formal programmes which contribute to the member's professional competence. Examples of qualifying programmes are in-house training courses, university or college credit courses or other such programmes, law enforcement training sessions, seminars or conferences or fraud-related sessions (See Exclusions) as they relate to auditing, accounting, investigation, fraud prevention and detection, fraud theory, ethics and law.

An unlimited number of these credits may be claimed during a 12 - month period.

Exception to CPD Requirements

Retired, unemployed and members who have temporarily or permanently left the workplace and who do not hold themselves out as a CFI are exempt from compliance with the CPD requirement.

Members who have requested that their designation be placed on inactive status with the ACFI, and who do not hold themselves out as a CFI, are also exempt from the ACFI's CPD requirement.

 


Continuing professional development credits must be germane to the jurisdiction of the Certified Forensic Investigator.

Any subjects, such as investigation and law, which are not relevant within the area of the CFI's practice will not be accepted.





Instructors/speakers are entitled to claim the amount of time expended in the preparation for the first class or session to a maximum of 15 hours.

Instructors/speakers are also entitled to claim the amount of time expended in presenting their materials.

Example Hours
Time expended to prepare material for the first class [say] 62 hours.
Maximum time allowable =

15
Presenting material = 2 hours per evening class x [say] three (3) classes = 6
Total claimable hours: 21
For subsequent sessions: Hours
Time expended to prepare material for the first class [say] 62 hours.
Maximum hours allowable =

0
Presenting material = 2 hours per evening class x [say] three (3) classes = 6
Total claimable hours: 6





These credits are granted for original works produced by a CFI. Credits for the development of a programme (seminar, conference, etc.), a fraud-related article or authoring a section of the ACFI manual or a book can fall within this category.

CPD hours are granted for the time taken to develop the material and, in the event that the member presents his/her work within a classroom setting then credit hours are granted for the presentation of same to a maximum of 10 (ten) hours per annum.

Example Hours
Time expended to develop the course [say]
189
Presenting the material during the year {say] 36 hours.
Maximum hours allowable =
10
Total claimable hours: 199
For subsequent years: Hours
Time expended to develop the course 189 hours.
Maximum hours allowable =

0
Presenting material during the year = 56 hours. Allowable = 10
Total claimable hours: 10





Each 50 minute contact unit is worth 1 CPD credit.

Therefore consider that a conference which begins at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm can yield the following.

  Minutes
8:30 to 5:00 pm = 8.5 hours (510 minutes) 510
Luncheon = 1 hours or 60 minutes (60)
2 refreshment breaks of 20 minutes each (40)
Contact Minutes (daily) 410
410 divided by 50 = 8 CPDs

 

Application for CFI Membershipmember application

Simply download the application form and follow the instructions.

Fees to be submitted with the Application form.

There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $200 + GST/HST; plus the first year of dues, currently $245 + GST/HST per annum, payable in Canadian funds.

If the membership is not approved, the first year of dues would be refunded.

If you have any questions regarding membership please contact us.

Application Education and Experience Requirements

A membership application requires a combined 60 points of education and Canadian experience. With reference to experience, the qualifying groups are: fraud auditing, forensic & investigative accounting, fraud investigations, commercial crime/law enforcement and other. Please note that qualifying fraud-related experience must be Canadian. Generally one year of post-secondary education or fraud, forensic or law enforcement experience equals five points.

With reference to experience, the qualifying groups are: fraud auditing, forensic & investigative accounting, fraud investigations, commercial crime/law enforcement and other. Please note that qualifying fraud-related experience must be Canadian.

If you do not currently meet the points required to become a member, you can apply to become an Affiliate. You receive many of the benefits including member pricing for events, a discount on the ACFI Fraud manual, and ongoing NewsFlashes and emails of current events and news. Check the Affiliate information below for further information and an application.

Is an examination required to receive certification?

An abridged examination, designed to be written within one hour, is currently required to be successfully completed by candidates approved by the ACFI Board to write the exam for the CFI membership and designation.

The challenge examination has been designed to test a candidate's knowledge in the areas of business, finance, civil and criminal law as well as ethics.

The challenge examination has been designed by the law firm of Blaney McMurtry, the accounting firms of Deloitte and Touche, Ernst and Young, Grant Thornton, PricewaterhouseCoopers and several members of the ACFI Board of Directors with a view to testing a candidate's knowledge in the areas of business, finance, civil and criminal law as well as ethics.

To aid candidates, once they have been approved by the Board, in studying for this exam, the ACFI provides a current edition of the ACFI Fraud Manual. More information related to the exam can be provided to candidates when they are approved to write the exam.

 

Retired Member status - CFI(Ret)

The ACFI recognizes and values our retired members’ knowledge and experience. The ACFI believes this is a vast network of knowledge and history of our association and its Canadian roots so at our Annual General Meeting of May 2015 we passed a new membership class or status, that of a CFI(Ret). A member who is at least 55 years of age as of January 1, 2016 and has retired from active paid employment and /or practice may apply to become a CFI(Ret). The current annual due of a CFI(Ret) will be $50.

If a CFI(Ret) returns to paid practice or employment, ACFI should be notified and normal CFI dues and requirements would apply.

CFI(Ret) Benefits

  • CFI(Ret) – we will confirm your status when requested.
  • You can choose to have your name, location and contact information as a CFI(Ret) posted on the ACFI website.
  • Discounted price for the ACFI Fraud Manual from the ACFI website- a $245 value for $150.
  • NewsFlashes and email updates of events and news.
  • CFI(Ret) Member log-in on the website and pricing for events.

We’d like to encourage our retired members to consider volunteering. There are many volunteer tasks which are flexible in time frame and interest. You could even consider joining the Board. We value our CFI(Ret) members.

CFI(Ret) Professional Development

A CFI(Ret) may also apply to be exempt of Professional Development requirements if they are also not involved in any volunteer or other unpaid activities where their knowledge and experience as a CFI is being relied upon.

Where reliance is being placed upon the CFI(Ret) member, we believe it is important that professional development should continue for the benefit of the member and the public’s expectation of the member and the association. CFI(Ret) are expected to abide by the Standards and requirements of the ACFI.

CFI-Retired-ApplicationApplication for CFI(Ret) status

To apply for retired member status, please download and complete the application.

 

Affiliates

The ACFI values our Affiliates. Affiliates are individuals who either choose, or do not meet the criteria, to become a CFI member. An affiliate is interested and / or wants to be kept up to date on forensic, fraud and/or law matters so becomes an Affiliate of the ACFI.

Affiliation status dues

  • Currently $100 + GST/HST per annum payable in Canadian funds.
  • The dues are billed yearly on the anniversary date of Affiliation status.
  • Dues are subject to change at any time by the Board of Directors of the ACFI.

Affiliation Benefits

  • Discounted price for the ACFI Fraud Manual from the ACFI website – normally a $245 value but available to Affiliates at $150.
  • NewsFlashes and email updates of events and news.
  • Affiliate log-in to our website and the same pricing as members for our events - we value you. For example, as an Affiliate you receive the $100 discount our members receive to attend our conference.

affiliate applicationApplication for Affiliate Status

To apply for affiliate member status, please download and complete the application.

If you have any questions or require further information regarding Affiliation please contact us.